As the holiday season marches on, sweet treat can be found anywhere and everywhere. But don’t forget the original sweet treat – fruit! Often known as nature’s candy, fruit is a delicious and satisfying treat. This is especially true of the raspberry. Whether in a recipe or by itself, raspberries can be enjoyed year-round. As you snack on these sweets, check out these facts about the fruit.
- Raspberries originally come from Turkey.
- Russia produces the greatest number of raspberries in the world.
- There are more than 200 species of the fruit.
- The fruit is related to blackberries and roses.
- Red raspberries are the most widely known. But depending on the variety, the fruit can also be purple, gold, or black.
- Gold raspberries are the sweetest.
- The fruit grows best with fertile, well-drained soil.
- Raspberry plants start to produce fruit during the second year.
- Each plant can produce a few hundred raspberries per year.
- The fruit is often crossed with other berries to produce a new species. For example, raspberries were crossed with the blackberry to create the loganberry.
- Scotland is famous for growing raspberries. A train called the Raspberry Special ran from Scotland to London in the 1950s.
Written by: Abigail Tomalewski, Marketing Assistant